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Applying for a secondary school place

Applying for a secondary school place

Before you apply

  • Talk to your child about the decision.
  • Look at the school's prospectus.
  • Read the ofsted reports.
  • Check the admissions criteria.
  • Consider how your child will travel to and from school.
  • Attend Open Evenings of your catchment school and any other short listed schools.

Complete the online application form.

West Sussex Secondary School applications

You can apply any time from 9.00am on Monday 7 September 2020 until 11.59pm on Saturday 31 October 2020.

You can apply for up to three different schools.

Rank the schools in order of preference - the first school listed should be the one you would most like your child to go to. 

For example:

1. Sir Robert Woodard Academy
2. Steyning Grammar
3. Davisons

It is very important that you submit your application before the deadline.

(If you one of your choices is a faith school you may need to submit a Supplementary Information Form (SIF). For information about this contact the school directly)


9 September 2020

  • Secondary school applications open for September 2020.
  • Opportunity for parents/carers to start visiting schools.

31 October 2020

  • Closing date for all secondary school applications at 11.59pm
  • In case of technical issues we strongly recommend you apply online and not delay your application until the last minute. If you choose to apply on a paper form, it is your responsibility to ensure the form arrives before the national closing date.

29 November 2020

  • Closing date for out of time applications made after the application deadline.
  • Closing date for receipt of evidence regarding a request to change preferences due to a genuine unforeseeable reason.
  • Closing date for receipt of evidence for house movers.

2 March 2021

  • Offer day - on-time online applicants notified which school their child has been offered by email.
  • Other applicants will be sent a letter by second class post.

30 March 2021 onwards

  • Late applications received on or after 30 November 2019 are processed and offers made.
  • Waiting lists will be established and places offered if they become available.

April to July 2021

  • Independent appeal panel meetings held every Thursday.

September 2021

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